Today is the final day of the 2014 Antigua Charter Yacht Show, and as always, I’d like to mention a few of the yachts that stood out to me as the best.
Among the newer superyachts, my favorite was the 240-foot Picchiotti Grace E. She’s a 2013 launch but was making her Caribbean debut this week, and I found her interior and exterior spaces absolutely fantastic for charter. I saw her on a day when I toured at least a half-dozen other superyachts in her class, and I didn’t think any of the others held a candle to her.
Now, to be fair, the superyacht I heard most charter brokers cite as their favorite was the 241-foot Friere Naia. You may remember her from this past May, when I cited her as one of my favorites at the MYBA Charter Show in Italy. She’s still looking fantastic and turning quite a lot of heads.
Among the sailing yachts, nothing on the docks even came close to the 220-foot Alloy Vertigo (shown in the photograph at right). I wrote about her on Day Two of the show, and I remain just as impressed with her even after several more days of touring sailing yachts. She is hands-down one of the most interesting builds I’ve seen in a lot of years, with exceptional features for guest comfort in addition to lovely styling and comfortable spaces.
Some of the other yachts that showed beautifully this week include the Arkin Pruva sailing yacht Regina out of Turkey (from the James Bond movie Skyfall), the 164-foot Westport motoryacht Aquavita (new to charter about a year ago) and the 161-foot Feadship motoryacht Teleost (which is heading to Panama next month for charters this winter).
Congratulations to all the great yachts at this year’s show, and see you again there next year.